Apple today announced the launch of the new 3G iPhone with roll-out in 70 countries worldwide including New Zealand.

Apple iPhone 3G

What this means for New Zealanders is that we now can get (legitimately) what is arguably the best mobile phone on the market. It will be offered by Vodafone with rumours Telecom may get some kind of deal to offer them as well.

Full details are already available on the Apple New Zealand website, www.apple.co.nz.

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Good news for Apple geeks in New Zealand—the iPhone is coming (without the need for a hack!).

This week Vodafone announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten of its markets around the globe. Later this year, Vodafone customers in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey will be able to purchase the iPhone for use on the Vodafone network.

And I’m speculating we’ll see a new version of the iPhone at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June.

For those of you who have been supporting Baku for years, you may have noticed that their online shop has been “coming soon” for a very long time…. about four years I believe in fact.

The time has finally come to do something about it and Lucid Design has taken up the task of making it happen.

We hope to launch the new site with full shopping cart facility within the next two weeks.

If you would like to be notified of the launch of the new Baku website, please visit www.baku.co.nz and enter your email address.

The Lucid Arts Project is moving forward with the aim of enabling artists to set up their own online galleries to promote their work around the world. Built in Ruby on Rails using the AJAX “lightbox” and other “web 2.0” technologies and techniques, the hosted web system aims to help artists promote their creativity inexpensively and easily.

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URL: www.lucidarts.org.nz

The Lucid Arts Project is a hosted application to help artists create a presence on the internet without the hug upfront cost of a custom-built system. The key in this project is to allow the artists to keep their individuality by not “mashing” them together with other artists and other works.

Artists will have their own “portal” which is branded with their own imagery/logo. Users will be able to use their own domain names and will not be limited to subdomains of the lucidarts.org.nz URL.

The Lucid Arts project is built using Ruby on Rails and MySQL and uses AJAX for fading image slideshows and interface enhancement. The content-management system (CMS) is fully custom-built and designed for absolute ease of use because, let’s face it, there are plenty of people who would rather stick to producing beautiful art than learning how to program their own website.

More information to come….